The Proper Years

Telecaster master Bill Kirchen was right there at the BIG BANG of Americana as a founding member Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen in 1967. Playing guitar has been his only job ever since. Over a ten-year period commencing in 2006, he made albums exclusively at Proper Records’ SPECIFIC SOUND studio in London – until it was demolished when we moved premises.

All thirty-eight tracks including some bonus material are available in this two-CD set. Guests include Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Paul Carrack, Commander Cody, Dan Hicks, Maria Muldaur, Butch Hancock and more in this tour-de-force of Americana.

Tracklisting: CD 1:

1.     Hammer Of The Honky-Tonk Gods (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 2:28

2.     Rocks Into Sand (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 3:27

3.     Get A Little Goner (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 2:44

4.     Skid Row In My Mind (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 4:23

5.     Working Man (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 2:57

6.     Soul Cruisin’ (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 3:36

7.     Truth Be Told (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 2:54

8.     Devil With The Blue Dress (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 3:25

9.     One More Day (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 2:57

10.  Heart Of Gold (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 3:36

11.  If It’s Really Got To Be This Way (withNick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 3:11

12.  Bump Wood 4:11

13.  Shelly’s Winter Love (with Paul Carrack and Nick Lowe) 4:32

14 . Man In The Bottom Of The Well (with Elvis Costello) 4:36

15.  I Don’t Work That Cheap (with Commander Cody) 2:53

16.  Time Will Tell The Story 4:17

17.  Husbands And Wives (with Chris O’Connell)3:14

18.  Open Range (with Blackie Farrell) 4:29

19.  Arkansas Diamond 3:34

CD 2

1.     Word To The Wise (with Dan Hicks) 2:49

2.     Ain’t Got Time For The Blues (with MariaMuldaur) 3:53

3.     Valley Of The Moon (with Norton Buffalo) 2:54

4.     Too Much Fun 2:41

5.     Tell Me The Reason 3:04

6.     Down To Seeds And Stems 4:02

7.     Semi-Truck 2:10

8.     Rockabilly Funeral 4:16

9.     Womb To The Tomb 3:59

10.  Flip Flop 3:30

11.  Swing Fever 3:14

12.  It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 5:17

13.  Truck Stop At The End Of The World 3:14

14.  Mama Hated Diesels 4:56

15.  Hot Rod Lincoln 7:45

16.  Talkin’ About Chicken 3:06

17.  Think It Over (with Austin de Lone) 2:47

18.  Oxblood (with Butch Hancock) 3:47

19.  The Times They Are A-Changin’ (with Austin de Lone) 5:26

Telecaster master Bill Kirchen was right there at the BIG BANG of Americana as a founding member Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen in 1967. Playing guitar has been his only job ever since. Over a ten-year period commencing in 2006, he made albums exclusively at Proper Records’ SPECIFIC SOUND studio in London – until it was demolished when we moved premises.

All thirty-eight tracks including some bonus material are available in this two-CD set. Guests include Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Paul Carrack, Commander Cody, Dan Hicks, Maria Muldaur, Butch Hancock and more in this tour-de-force of Americana.

Tracklisting: CD 1:

1.     Hammer Of The Honky-Tonk Gods (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 2:28

2.     Rocks Into Sand (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 3:27

3.     Get A Little Goner (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 2:44

4.     Skid Row In My Mind (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 4:23

5.     Working Man (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 2:57

6.     Soul Cruisin’ (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 3:36

7.     Truth Be Told (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 2:54

8.     Devil With The Blue Dress (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 3:25

9.     One More Day (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 2:57

10.  Heart Of Gold (with Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 3:36

11.  If It’s Really Got To Be This Way (withNick Lowe and Geraint Watkins) 3:11

12.  Bump Wood 4:11

13.  Shelly’s Winter Love (with Paul Carrack and Nick Lowe) 4:32

14 . Man In The Bottom Of The Well (with Elvis Costello) 4:36

15.  I Don’t Work That Cheap (with Commander Cody) 2:53

16.  Time Will Tell The Story 4:17

17.  Husbands And Wives (with Chris O’Connell)3:14

18.  Open Range (with Blackie Farrell) 4:29

19.  Arkansas Diamond 3:34

CD 2

1.     Word To The Wise (with Dan Hicks) 2:49

2.     Ain’t Got Time For The Blues (with MariaMuldaur) 3:53

3.     Valley Of The Moon (with Norton Buffalo) 2:54

4.     Too Much Fun 2:41

5.     Tell Me The Reason 3:04

6.     Down To Seeds And Stems 4:02

7.     Semi-Truck 2:10

8.     Rockabilly Funeral 4:16

9.     Womb To The Tomb 3:59

10.  Flip Flop 3:30

11.  Swing Fever 3:14

12.  It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 5:17

13.  Truck Stop At The End Of The World 3:14

14.  Mama Hated Diesels 4:56

15.  Hot Rod Lincoln 7:45

16.  Talkin’ About Chicken 3:06

17.  Think It Over (with Austin de Lone) 2:47

18.  Oxblood (with Butch Hancock) 3:47

19.  The Times They Are A-Changin’ (with Austin de Lone) 5:26

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